March 7, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team will compete at the ECAC championships, held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, on March 7th and 8th. The meet brings together schools from all over the East coast and supplies some of the stiffest competition the Bulldogs will face this indoor season.
Only athletes that have met the qualifying standards prior to the ECAC championships will be able to compete. This year, the Bulldogs have qualified six individuals across nine events, as well as three relays.
Senior Lindsay Donaldson qualified in the mile, 3,000-meter and 5,000 meter run. Sophomore Claudia Duncan qualified in both in the 400-meter and 500-meter dash. Seniors Olakitan Awolesi, Meredith Leenhouts, Ingrid Sproll and Mary Kuder all qualified in their specialty events (long jump, 1,000-meter run, 800-meter run and 500-meter run respectively). Junior Bevin Peters and sophomore Stephanie Pearl both qualified in the 3,000-meter run as well.
The Bulldogs will also send teams to compete in the distance medley, 4x800 and 4x400-meter relays.
As in the Heptagonal Championship, the first day of ECAC's is a day dominated by preliminary heats to see which individuals and relays will compete in the finals. The top six places in every event are awarded All-East honors.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity